Jeepers Creepers

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composition date
1938
genre
Film
songwriter(s)
Harry Warren
Johnny Mercer

A polite way

Johnny Mercer: "My wife and I went to see a movie one night at the Graumann’s Chinese and Henry Fonda played a farm boy in it. And you know how he is, he’s got that wonderful kind of slow delivery, genuine, real, homespun. And in the movie he saw something, something impressed him, and he said, 'Jeepers creepers,' and that just rang a little bell in my head, and I wrote it down when I got out of the movie. ‘Cause you know, 'jeepers creepers' in America in those days was kind of a polite way, I think, of saying 'Jesus Christ.'”

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